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The wedding reception is where the party really starts. It’s where you and your guests will celebrate your “I dos” with drinking, dancing, mixing and mingling. Find out how to choose the best venue for you, how to decorate it, and of course, how to choose the menu.



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All about catering - Name your serving style!
Amanda, On September 18, 2023 at 18:59

Hello Everyone! Lets talk about food, glorious food! What serving style have you chosen for your wedding dinner? Plated? Buffet? Family style? Cocktail style? Name Your Serving Style!

Jackie, tuesday 26-Sep-23 12 85
How are you planning to keep your guests entertained?
Alex, On November 23, 2023 at 16:24

During wedding transition periods, what do you recommend including at your wedding to keep guests entertained and engaged throughout the day/evening?

Alex, friday 24-Nov-23 4 49
Gratuities and rental
Sharlene, On July 3, 2019 at 16:03

Just curious to know were you charged gratuities and/or service charge only on your food and beverage costs or also on your rental cost for your reception rental assuming you are using the same...

Gianluigi, friday 10-Nov-23 23 2,226
Gambling packages
Slma, On September 2, 2019 at 11:09

We are having some table games at our reception like poker and black jack. My fiance and I thought it might be kind of fun to create little packages that our guests could buy, so for example...

FinnAnderson, monday 6-Nov-23 5 346
Fun Games for your Wedding Reception
Emilie, On August 12, 2016 at 12:12

Hi lovely soon-to-weds! When everyone gets together at your wedding, games can really make those you love connect with one another even if they have never or barely seen each other before. Which ones...

Jamesbryden, thursday 2-Nov-23 8 624
Suggestions for reception timeline: host, games, at reception? ..
Katrina, On February 10, 2023 at 13:14

Hi community! Still new to planning & being a member on WeddingWire 🥹 My fiancé and I are in the final stages of booking our venue and now comes the part of the timeline/schedule for the...

Katrina, thursday 26-Oct-23 7 181
Centerpieces - Keeping or Giving Away?
Julie, On March 3, 2023 at 08:27

I have not come across any discussions on centerpiece giveaways so I thought I would ask. For my centerpieces I will have manzanita trees and a floral arrangement at the base. The trees I purchased...

Matilda, sunday 8-Oct-23 12 94
Garter Toss!
Amanda, On April 26, 2023 at 18:39

This one's less of a trend and more of a tradition that some people are deciding to do away with. But apparently 37% of grooms still participate in this reception tradition! Will this toss tradition...

Matilda, sunday 8-Oct-23 12 123
Tip etiquette???
STEPHANIE, On September 29, 2023 at 17:20

Hi all, just wondering which of your vendors you tipped eg. Photographer or dj or all? And what percentage of their fee did you tip or what dolllar amount is appropriate? Thanks

Matilda, sunday 8-Oct-23 7 60
First Dance As a Married Couple
Amanda, On August 16, 2023 at 11:02

Hello all Brides to be! What have you and your significant other chosen for your first dance song as a married couple?! It's always nice to see what everyone has picked My husband and I danced to...

Matilda, saturday 7-Oct-23 9 174
Reception Song Playlist!
Kate, On August 14, 2023 at 23:31

Let's talk reception playlist. How did you come up with your song choices? Was there a certain genre you played more of? Any songs you wanted to stay away from? Although we did hire a band, my husband...

Matilda, thursday 28-Sep-23 5 45
Father/daughter dance
Melanie, On May 27, 2023 at 06:02

My father really loves the song butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle. Says he used to sing it to me when I was a child. Unfortunately, I don't remember so to me it's just another song. Still I was okay to...

Matilda, wednesday 27-Sep-23 5 55
What song did you choose for the parent dance?
Jackie, On August 14, 2023 at 23:54

One thing I am really excited about for my wedding is the dance with my dad at the reception. We have always been close, and since I am his only daughter of 4 kids, I know how excited he is to walk me...

Matilda, tuesday 26-Sep-23 5 62
How Much Food?
Hank, On March 30, 2022 at 15:41

How many choices did you get to try at your tasting? How many options are you giving your guests? What appetizers are you having for cocktail hour? How many courses are you serving for dinner? We...

Matilda, monday 25-Sep-23 22 310 2
Limited bar or open bar?
Emilie, On October 10, 2016 at 05:18

Hey future newlyweds A party with or without alcohol is still a party... but how much will you actually invest in your guests' drinking... that's another question How much alcohol will be served at...

Matilda, monday 25-Sep-23 56 1,642
How will you decorate for your big day?
Emilie, On October 10, 2016 at 05:18

Hey lovely brides and grooms We all know that decorations can make your budget vary quite a lot... How will you decorate for your big day? A. I don't need any decoration B. Most of my decorations will...

Matilda, monday 25-Sep-23 30 331
What type of reception do you want?
Emilie, On October 10, 2016 at 05:17

Hey future newlyweds In order to know how much you should be spending on your wedding, it's necessary to know what kind of celebrations you want as newlyweds. What type of reception do you want? A....

Matilda, monday 25-Sep-23 41 540
Karaoke for Reception?
Miav, On July 29, 2019 at 13:33

Hi! We have been getting some requests about adding a karaoke at the last few hours of the reception. Has anybody considered/done that? How did it go? thanks!

Patty, monday 21-Aug-23 3 86
Kids Meals
Hank, On July 16, 2021 at 18:38

If you're having little ones attend the wedding, what are you feeding them? A venue's go to seems to be chicken fingers but maybe yours have other options like pasta, grilled cheese or some other type...

Marcella, tuesday 15-Aug-23 9 146
Wine for wedding
Samantha, On March 13, 2022 at 19:50

Hello! We get to choose and buy our own alcohol for our wedding and I am wondering if anyone has a white or red they love and is inexpensive (as we will be buying many bottle). The wedding is on...

Patty, monday 14-Aug-23 11 260
How does clean up usually work?
Sarah, On December 29, 2021 at 12:42

Hi there, I have been trying to figure out how much I want to Decorate the venue but not sure how clean up usually works. Does everything have been be taken down and out the night of or the next day? ...

Lilon, friday 11-Aug-23 9 155
Sip N' Solve - Wedding Crossword Help!
Donna-Jean, On July 28, 2023 at 12:27

Hi everyone! I'm an October 2024 bride! I really want to have some fun interactive things for my guests to do during cocktail hour and I love the idea of doing a giant Sip N' Solve (Crossword).. I've...

MichaelAmifyTS, thursday 10-Aug-23 1 564
The modern guestbook
Jackie, On July 31, 2023 at 16:10

Guestbooks are one of those beautiful mementos we get to keep and re-visit for years after our wedding day. Couples have been moving away from the traditional guestbook in favour of things like shadow...

Jackie, thursday 10-Aug-23 16 188
Karaoke at a Wedding?
Dianne, On July 22, 2022 at 10:47

I love karaoke, but I realize not everyone does. I wonder if it is a good idea to have a karaoke component at the reception.

Kate, tuesday 1-Aug-23 8 148
Wedding Favors?
Arianna, On July 25, 2023 at 16:48

Hi everyone! My friend is getting married in November and we are currently trying to decide on wedding favours. We are looking at working with a company that does customized beer labels and then doing...

Leandra, tuesday 1-Aug-23 6 105
Tiny Ceremony Larger Reception
Kate, On July 21, 2023 at 13:14

Looking for some advice - we are doing a private ceremony with immediate family and closest friends (12 people) and then having our reception later that day with about 70 people. What are some ideas...

Carine, wednesday 26-Jul-23 3 65
Daytime Cocktail Reception
Michelle, On July 18, 2023 at 12:01

Hello, we are planning an afternoon reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Our wedding is at the end of October, so we’ll be in full fall mode. We are doing a first look and photography before...

Michelle, tuesday 25-Jul-23 11 79
Table runner: can a person be seated at the ends?
Rebecca, On July 10, 2023 at 16:27

HI Brides and Grooms to be! I’ll be have rectangular tables of 8 (3 on the side and 1 at each end) at my wedding. I bought these beautiful dusty blue cheesecloth table runners and it wasn’t until they...

Mila, sunday 16-Jul-23 4 322
Last Dance of the Night
Danielle, On June 30, 2022 at 14:46

What is/was everyone’s last dance of the night? We’ve been collecting videos from guests and one of my friends took this great one of ours! I think this cover will be a popular one this year for sure!...

Kelli, saturday 15-Jul-23 7 106
Tipping Caterer using their rentals
Loegan, On July 4, 2023 at 15:07

Hello! Just wondering people's thoughts on this. My caterer is charging 15% gratuity before tax. We are doing a buffet dinner and he is supplying all the tableware except napkins. I have to rent those...

Kelli, saturday 15-Jul-23 4 141
First Dance As a Married Couple
Amanda, On June 5, 2023 at 20:46

Hello all Brides to be! What have you and your significant other chosen for your first dance song as a married couple?! It's always nice to see what everyone has picked My husband and I danced to...

Stephanie, wednesday 28-Jun-23 39 508
If you had a weekday wedding, how many people attended vs how many you invited?
Michelle, On June 8, 2023 at 21:53

I'm having a Thursday wedding and we totally understand there may be fewer people able to attend or stay until the end of the night. I'd love to know what the range may be of guests RSVPing yes vs no....

Daily, sunday 18-Jun-23 9 127


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